Advances in adolescent substance abuse treatment

  • Winters K
  • Botzet A
  • Fahnhorst T
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Abstract

Alcohol and other drug use among adolescents has been a public health problem for decades. Although some substance use may be developmentally routine, a concerning number of adolescents meet criteria for a substance use disorder and could greatly benefit from a quality treatment experience. However, parents and health care providers want evidence of the efficacy of adolescent-specific treatment programs. This review summarizes four factors surrounding the efficacy of current adolescent treatment programs: 1) adolescent-specific treatment services; 2) the variety of therapeutic modalities; 3) relapse and recovery rates; and 4) the need for evidence-based, quality assessments and research. Current adolescent treatment efforts are summarized, and the recent literature regarding the efficacy of adolescent treatment and recovery rates is discussed. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011.

Author-supplied keywords

  • *adolescent health
  • *drug dependence treatment
  • *substance abuse
  • adolescent
  • aftercare
  • alcohol abuse
  • behavior modification
  • child health care
  • cognitive therapy
  • doctor patient relation
  • drug abuse
  • evidence based medicine
  • family therapy
  • group therapy
  • health program
  • human
  • outcome assessment
  • participatory management
  • patient care
  • psychopharmacotherapy
  • psychosocial care
  • recurrence risk
  • review
  • self help
  • therapy effect
  • treatment planning

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Authors

  • K C Winters

  • A M Botzet

  • T Fahnhorst

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